GRIZZLIES 13TH ANNUAL MLK JR. CELEBRATION DAY AND EVENTS ON JAN. 19 VS. DALLAS

GRIZZLIES TO HONOR EARL MONROE, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS, JASON COLLINS AS PART OF 13TH ANNUAL MLK JR. CELEBRATION DAY ON JAN. 19 VS. DALLAS

1/16/2015, 2:19 p.m.
GRIZZLIES TO HONOR EARL MONROE, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS, JASON COLLINS AS PART OF 13TH ANNUAL MLK JR. CELEBRATION DAY ON JAN. ...

The Memphis Grizzlies will be hosting their 13th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Day on Monday, Jan. 19 when they play the Dallas Mavericks at 4 p.m. This year’s celebration features a star-studded lineup of NBA greats including four-time NBA All-Star Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, five-time NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups and Courage Award winner Jason Collins who will be honored for their contributions to civil and human rights with the 10th Annual Sports Legacy Award presented by FedEx during the MLK Jr. Celebration Day events. The yearly high school classic, symposium and matchup will be preceded by two new events added to the celebration lineup. The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day Events are presented by the Memphis Grizzlies, the National Civil Rights Museum, the City of Memphis and Shelby County.

Before Monday’s annual events, Monroe, Billups and Collins will join Grizzlies guard/forward Vince Carter, Mayor A C Wharton and special guests at the National Civil Rights Museum on Sunday, Jan. 18, for a reception and discussion of topics at the intersection of race and sports, presented by FedEx. The reception for invited guests will begin at 5 p.m. and the discussion panel will follow starting at 5:45 p.m. and will be streamed live by grizzlies.com. The panel discussion will feature select honorees plus Carter and Mayor Wharton and will be moderated by NBA Legend and eight-time NBA All-Star Bob Lanier. This event is closed to the public. Media availability will be held prior to the events at 4:45 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum.

Tipping off the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day Events on Monday, Jan. 19 is the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day High School Classic, presented by Ashley Furniture, between Bolton High School and Southwind High School on the main court at FedExForum. The game will tip-off at 11:30 a.m., with doors opening at 11 a.m. Admission is free with the purchase of a Grizzlies vs. Mavericks ticket for that afternoon’s Western Conference showdown.

January is National Mentoring Month and following the Classic, the Grizzlies will host the My Brother’s Keeper Memphis Panel, presented by FedEx. My Brother’s Keeper is a White House initiative supported by the NBA and designed to focus on ensuring the educational future of boys and young men of color. Billups and Collins will join three Memphis-area high school students starting at 1:15p.m., for a roundtable conversation, streamed live on grizzlies.com, about the challenges facing urban youth in their own words. Doors open at 1 p.m. for invited guests. The event will also be moderated by Lanier. This event is closed to the public.

The event lineup will continue with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Sports Legacy Symposium from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on the Grizzlies Practice Court, presented by the Hyde Family Foundation. The symposium, emceed by Grizzlies television play-by-play analyst Pete Pranica, will feature Monroe, Billups and Collins who will share their stories and experiences spanning six different decades about their contributions to civil and human rights in the spirit of Dr. King, and will be broadcast live on FOX SportSouth. Monroe, Billups, and Collins are the recipients of the 10th Annual National Civil Rights Sports Legacy Awards, presented by FedEx. The award pays tribute to athletes who have made significant contributions to civil and human rights and who have laid the foundation for future leaders through their careers in sports in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Throughout the day, students from Grizzlies Prep will be hosting the honorees, speakers and guests for all of the MLK Jr. Day Celebration Day events.